Episodes

Sept. 27, 2022

Federico Fanelli: Swirl Wine the Personalized Wine Subscription Servi…

Drinking wine should be a relaxing event and lifestyle enhancer, at least this is how Swirl co-founder Federico Fanelli views it.…

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Sept. 11, 2022

Dominic Carter: Japan Market Entry and Branding Expert (Rerelease)

This episode you will hear from Dominic Carter, an expert on Japan market entry, market research, and branding. Dominic shares gr…

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Aug. 24, 2022

Sean Nichols: Japan Entertainment industry insider & Ultraman actor

Sean Nichols has been an entertainer on Japanese TV, a Manzai stand-up comedian, the global representative for Japan's biggest Y…

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Aug. 11, 2022

Masako Yamamura: Hospitality and Retail Training Professional

This updated and re-released episode we get into Hospitality and Retail with professional sales and leadership trainer Masako Yam…

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July 23, 2022

William Ryan: Japan Hospitality Consultants founder and Irish bar pio…

Have you ever considered opening your own bar, cafe, or restaurant in Japan? It seems daunting and bureaucratic doesn't it? On t…

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July 10, 2022

Julien Rey: Leasing Director for "Thrillers & Fillers" at The Outlet!…

A topic near and dear to my interests and business: Retail in Japan. Specifically the Outlet Mall industry. This episode we hear…

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June 27, 2022

Masafumi Otsuka:

This is a deep-dive into those mystifying Japanese business practices foreigners in Japan often struggle with. Intercultural Faci…

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June 9, 2022

Ruth Jarman: CEO and International Cultural Connector

Connecting International Curiosity with Japanese Content with 34-year Japan entrepreneur Ruth Jarman. She is the founder of Jarma…

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May 25, 2022

Diane Tincher: Specialist Japanese culture and history, writer, tour …

It's passionate travel stories from rural Japan, fascinating historical story-telling, and insightful cultural observations with …

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May 7, 2022

Tyson Batino: Serial Entrepreneur & Small Business Advisor

Serial entrepreneur Tyson Batino, founder of three businesses in Japan including the successful English school chain One Coin Eng…

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April 23, 2022

Yuko Tamura: "Rebellious" Writer and Editor of Japonica

If you are a regular listener to Now and Zen, you'll know many of my fascinating guests are non-Japanese living in Japan. So it's…

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April 7, 2022

Frank Packard: Alternative Investment Specialist

This episode I step outside my comfort zone and talk about investing with Alternative Investment Specialist Frank Packard. Speci…

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March 24, 2022

Nikhil Gupte: Managing Dir. Barilla Japan. Expanding Italian Pasta in…

A very entertaining conversation all about the Italian pasta business in Japan. This episode you meet Nikhil Gupte the Managing …

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March 10, 2022

David Clement: Corporate entrepreneur. Stories from 22 years of selli…

I thought it might be a challenge to interview my old friend David Clement. After-all we both grew up in the same small town and …

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Feb. 27, 2022

Ugo Bataillard: Food & Beverage Consulting & Innovation CEO

Fascinating innovations are happening in the food & beverage industry around the world and Ugo Bataillard is introducing them to …

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Feb. 8, 2022

Cynthia Usui: From part-timer to Country Manager of LOF Hotels in les…

Cynthia Usui becomes the 1st ever return guest to the podcast. Less than a year ago, Cynthia was surviving as a part-time superma…

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Jan. 23, 2022

Ed Thompson: Marketing Consultant and Educator

Now and Zen Japan welcomes Mr. Ed Thompson, a Marketing Consultant and the founder of Concept Design. This episode we share beers…

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Jan. 9, 2022

Evan Burkosky: Digital Transformation Evangelist

This episode is an entertaining and simulating conversation with a forward-thinking, self-described "Evangelist" for for Digital…

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Dec. 23, 2021

Yukie Kito: Award Winning Film Producer

This episode I have an entertaining conversation with an old friend of mine. Yukie Kito is an award winning movie producer with o…

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Dec. 10, 2021

Mats Lindstrom: Ducati Motorcycles President Japan

It's time to get your motor running and head out to the highway. This episode I speak with the president of Ducati Japan Mr. Mats…

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Nov. 23, 2021

Karen Hill Anton: Author, The View from Breast Pocket Mountain

This episode we are treated to a wonderful conversation with an amazing woman who continues to have a fascinating life. Karen Hi…

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Nov. 7, 2021

Mac Salman: Discovering the World of Japanese Adult Beverages and Cus…

The phrase "Do what you love and you never have to work another day in your life" fits Mac Salman perfectly. Mac left the finance…

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Oct. 24, 2021

Meshida: Japanese Stand-Up Comedian

Meshida is an ex-Japanese salaryman turned English language standup comedian. For the past eight years Meshida has been performin…

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Oct. 6, 2021

Kaki Okumura: Japanese Principles to Live a Longer & Happier Life

This conversation is one of the most amazing I've had since starting Now and Zen Japan. This episode could certainly change your …

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